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Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

A man refuses to believe that pilot error caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam McBane
... Sally Fraser
... Capt. Jack Savage
... Martha Webster
... Jane Russell
... Ralph Bundy
... Ben Sawyer
... Mickey Doolan
... Dan Crawford
... Peg Burke
... Mark Hutchins
... Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
... Dillon
... Ted Wilson
... Mrs. Llewlyn
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Storyline

Airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to unusual string of coincidences. Stewardess, who is sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash. Written by Arthur H. Olsen <102526.2017@compuserve.com>

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You have a date with fate! See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

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16 October 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Bezwinger des Todes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,525,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1964
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fictional airliner in Fate is the Hunter is a DC-7, substantially altered to look like a contemporary jet airliner, but not resemble any that actually existed. Because of the theme, no airline or aircraft manufacturer would have anything to do with the movie, and any resemblance to an actual aircraft would invite litigation. Curiously, there are aspects to the fake wings that are almost 30 years ahead of their time. See more »

Goofs

When the plane crash at the beginning of the movie is shown, the cockpit of the plane tumbles dramatically towards the viewer. However, when the crash investigation team is looking at the wreckage, the captain's coffee cup remains just where he left it. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Connections

Version of Island in the Sky (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

No Love, No Nothin'
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Jane Russell
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Many times a book does not translate to a film well. BUT! (spoiler note, I use one line from the film, not critical to the story)
3 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

First off, I am one of the rare pilots who loves this movie. I'm a 737 captain for a major airline in the USA. Also a flight instructor, an instrument instructor and multi engine instructor.

I've read the book and am glad the book and movie are so different. IN this way I get two amazing stories, but with that special flavor expressed in the title.

I won't describe the movie, others have done that. But if you are a pilot and don't "GET" this movie, you better take some more flying lessons.

I mean it. If you don't like the fictional airliner, well that' s fine.

Get over that part of it.

Here is a movie that actually talks about a rudder power switch!

I can also say that the cinematography is wonderful and the opening 12 minutes and last 10 minutes is the most amazing stuff I've seen. (short of reality).

So, see this movie. And shut off the damn bell.


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